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as my independent sample library keeps growing bigger and bigger, i'm running out of space and looking for a reliable storage solution. since a Macbook Pro is my main computer i'm after an external desktop harddrive, which i would also like to use for live sound editing. therefore it needs to be fast, reliable, with falseness reputation. should have USB2.0, Firewire400/800, eSata is a plus. 2TB is enough. my limited budget narrowed me down to the WD My Book Studio Edition II:
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I've had a couple of those fail on me. I was able to pull the drives and the data was safe. It was the enclosure that failed. Check out Other World Computing. I've never, ever had a failure on anything I've purchased from them. Great stuff. I use one as my main editing drive connected via FW800 and another as my SFX drive.
Any hard drive carries a risk of crashing and the potential loss of your data. One option that is slightly out of your budget, but still affordable and much more reliable is a Drobo. Using the BeyondRAID technology, a Drobo system will always safeguard your data as long as there is more than one drive in the unit. A lot of people working in digital media are using these. Check the vid to see more on how they work.
We're using a 2TB LaCie 2big quadra (well, it's 4TB but a RAID). The first that drive arrived busted, but customer service was impressive and they sent me a replacement immediately. The only beef is that the fan is pretty loud, but most of our drives are. Anyone have a cost-effective solution for noisy drives?